HAJIA BINTA FARUK’S CONVERSION STORY

The Genesis of my conversion started in the University of Nsukka, I had a room mate called Chinwe, this lady loved praises, she will sing like this; *come and join me sing Halleluyah* I was always looking for a way to deal with her, one day while coming from the House fellowship, she kept her Bible on my bed and I asked who kept the Bible on my Bed, she said sorry, Binta, I carried the Bible and I tore the Bible, then I beat her. She took a piece of the Bible and cried to the heavens and called my name three times, Binta Jalingo, Binta Jalingo, Binta Jalingo, this Bible you tore, you will use it to preach the Gospel. Then I slapped her again, I said, it is your mother and your father that will preach the Gospel, she said, may the Lord have mercy on you, Binta. After seven years of the spoken words, I got converted on the 25th of September 1999. I was in the bedroom in Shehu’s palace, because I got married to the younger brother of the Shehu of Bornu. I was born into the Muri kingdom, which is mostly Fulani. My mother, Hajia Aminat Jalingo, is of the Kutep tribe. Contrary to the Islamic tradition of multiple wives, my father married and maintained only my mother. I am the fifth of nine children. My father lived in many parts of Nigeria, serving in the Army till 1996. My mother also worked with the Nigerian Medical Corps until her retirement in 1992.

I attended the Army Children School, Ikeja Cantonment, Lagos, completed my secondary education at Government Girls’ College Enugu. I studied Mass Communication at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN). After my studies, in 1996, I worked as Programme Producer/Director with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Yola. I got married on April 27, 1997 and God blessed us with a set of twin boys – Hassan and Hussain.

I never believed that I needed salvation for whatever reason, because every Moslem is convinced that Muhammad was the last Prophet in the long line of those that Allah had sent before. The Islamic Hadith (Mishkat) speaks of about 124,000 people who lived at various times in history. Twenty-eight of them are mentioned by name and most are found in the Bible. Since each of them was sent with a word from Allah to warn the respective people not to practice idolatry, to live righteously and to consider the coming Day of Judgement, it is perceived by Moslems that Isa (Jesus), the one to whom is given the greatest prominence in the Qur’an, was like Ibrahim (Abraham), Musa (Moses) and most others sent to the Jews. Therefore, when I heard Christians call Him, Lord, I became mad at them.

As a young girl, in the Secondary School and even as an undergraduate, I would delightfully pack copies of the Holy Bible and take them to Kaduna for destruction, I thought the Bible was demonic. Many are still doing it today, I became the Vice President of the youth wing of the Jamaatu Nasril Islam. Very often, I saw Christians happy in every situation; yet, my success at school, which gave me the job at NTA, and brightened my chances of a good husband, could not bring me such peace and happiness. Several people had talked to me about Christianity, but to me then, Muhammad was the final seal of the prophets. This was my pride as a Fulani girl who saw herself in the greatest religion of all time.

Qu’ran does not teach salvation in Jesus Christ, but it gives Him the greatest prominence. The wonderful statements in the Qu’ran are enough to compel one to search more about Him. The name Jesus (Isa) occurs about 25 times in the Qu’ran, and the title Messiah is used 93 times.

I hated anything that had to do with Christianity. I was always happy seeing a Christian unhappy and enjoyed hearing that Christians were suffering, but on the 25th of September 1999, I was caught in a web. The day before, we attended the Friday prayers and all went well. At about 1:30am suddenly, an unusually bright light appeared in the bedroom with a mighty wind blowing and throwing all the pictures and other valuables to the ground. My husband and I became afraid. He got up from bed, brought out charms, known in Hausa as “Hayaki”. He placed it on the ground, got hot charcoal and placed the charm on it, but the mighty wind threw it all down.

Before we could make out anything, a voice thundered, saying: “You have been baptized by the Holy Spirit. Go and be “Tabitha” unto my people”. I asked my husband if he could understand what the voice was saying, but he said that he did not hear any voice. He later concluded that I belonged to a secret cult, which accounted for my hearing voice that he could not hear. He thought that I wanted to sacrifice him or our set of twins. He got angry, took our twins to the guestroom and abandoned me in the bedroom. I was very worried and couldn’t sleep. In the morning, again, I heard the voice saying: “Tell your husband that you have accepted Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour”. I said “No, I can’t. What has a Fulani got to do with Jesus Christ”, I thought that demons were after me. The thing happened again on 28th and 29th, and each time, there was an invitation to “come and serve”. So I told my husband that I would go to Church the following Sunday. “Not in this house”, he retorted, He might have received my word with shock, yet joy and peace flooded my heart at that time. I knew what I was passing through and it would be disastrous for me not to do what God would want me to do for Him.

On Saturday, after speaking to him about it, I went ahead and bought for myself the first Bible I ever bought or read in my life, and hid it under my box. The next day, Sunday, I picked up my Bible, got into my car and drove to the nearby Baptist Church.

After the service, I came back and met my husband at home. I greeted him but he asked me where I was coming from; I wanted to lie, but heard a voice saying ‘what were you taught in the church today?’ It was “Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free” So, I told him that I was coming from the Church. He got up in anger, gave me a beating, snatched the Bible from me and wanted to tear it but I told him of the danger of tearing the Bible, so he stopped. He was shocked because he knew that it was my role in the past. So he dropped the Bible in anger and left till the evening. I brought out food for him as usual, but he kicked the food away and warned his sister that no one should eat the food I cooked in the house again for he had declared me an infidel and as a result, I would have nothing to do with the family, even with my own kids. The next day, he went to fetch my father from Makurdi. As I welcomed my father, he too, started beating me with his military belt and boots, until I was unconscious and was taken to the hospital where I stayed for three days. Wonderfully, on the third day, at about 2 am, the Lord appeared to me. I noticed a touch on my feet and I woke up trying to see who it was that touched me, but the face was shinning like the sun in such a way that I could not see his face. I only looked at Him from His feet to the chest. I was afraid and screamed for help. One of the nurses came, prayed with me and asked me not to be afraid again. As I said amen to her prayers, I began to speak in tongues for about three hours. I was saying things they could not understand. Some of them thought I was mad but a psychiatric doctor who was called in, confirmed that I was normal.

The figure appeared again. This time He said unto me, “Be bold, for this is temporary: you will overcome the temptation”. The fourth day, I was discharged from the hospital. On getting home, my husband gave me a divorce letter, which I collected with joy and told him. ‘I am married to Jesus.’

After that, I packed my things, including my two cars, kept them in someone’s house and travelled to Lagos. My husband took my twins to Saudi Arabia. Not done yet, my father had the man that I had kept my belongings in his house arrested on the grounds that he had abducted me from my husband’s house. On hearing that, I returned to Jalingo and arranged his release. Then, my father collected my cars and other belongings claiming that he bought them for me as wedding presents.

In trying to make me renounce my faith in Christ, the Management of the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), Yola, had my appointment terminated, under pressure from my husband. My father and some Islamic fanatics took me to one Alhaji’s house in Jalingo and there chained my feet and my hands. After seven days, I was released, with a threat of death, if I went to Church again.

My mother arranged for my uncle, her elder brother to reconcile my father and me. As we went talking, my father got angry, picked up his gun and shot at me. As God would have it, the little movement I made at the sight of a gun overturned the seat where I was sitting and I was pushed to the ground. The gun sounded but the bullets did not enter me but passed through the chair and to the wall. Everybody was alarmed, my mother started weeping that he had killed her only daughter. Later, my mother advised me to go and stay with her elder brother. Being a moslem, he too was unhappy with me and made life difficult. Once, he threatened to kill me with a cutlass so I left his house for Lagos and later, Maiduguri.

I was denied my rights in the family; my father had me thrown into prison on false allegation. He had initially gone to a Sharia court but I protested against that since I am now a Christian. So, he took me to a Magistrate court at Hadeja. The Magistrate ordered that I be remanded in prison for calling my father, my neighbour. I was in detention for six months without trial and bail until some Christians on prison visitation, learnt that I was there for becoming a Christian. The matter was reported to the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Chairman who wrote a petition that led to my proper trial. The Magistrate sentenced me to two years imprisonment plus a fine of five thousand Naira. One Christian Women Fellowship in the area paid the fine while I was taken to prison. That was September 5, 2000. Some inmates asked me to appeal but I told them, confidently, that the Lord Jesus would do a great Appeal for me. At midnight, I prayed: ‘Lord, I want you to deliver me from this prison before December. If you don’t, the people will ask me, where is your God?’ I reminded him of how He answered Hezekiah. On October 2, 2000, less than a month after my imprisonment, a letter came from Abuja ordering my release and I was set free. My prison experiences brought me closer to God that I developed more faith in God’s ability to see me through.

After two months, I decided to go and share the Lord Jesus with my grandparents. The moslem youths were looking for me everywhere, to kill me. They hid me until I couldn’t be hidden. I fled to the bush for four days. On the fourth night, I woke up with a snake beside me. That day, I told God that I wanted to go back to Islam. I couldn’t continue like that in the bush but He quickly reprimanded me. He asked “Upon all the sufferings you’ve been through, you still want to go back? If I didn’t shut the mouth of the snake, wouldn’t it bite you while you slept? I repented and told him that I was sorry; I will never go back to Egypt”.

I found out that God actually took me to prison to teach me some things. One was to read the Bible and two, because of a female Christian warder who left and married a Moslem and God shut her womb. In the prison, God told me in a dream that she was going to have a baby. When I told her, she became angry, tortured me, called me names, but I kept praying for her, that the name of the Lord be glorified since I had said the Lord told me. Later, she actually had the baby, and that converted her and her husband. Eight moslems in the prison gave their lives to Christ. They were baptized in the Holy Ghost before I left. Seeing what the Lord used me to do in the prison, I knew that I would do better outside. One day, some moslem youths came and kidnapped me. They laid me on the ground, raised their cutlasses to kill me but their hands remained hanging in the air. That happened to three of them and the others fled. They were later taken to the police who wanted them killed but I told them it was the Lord’s battle not theirs. I told them that I had forgiven them. As I was leaving, they asked for their hands to be restored. I said “In the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, let your hands come down” and their cutlasses dropped. Today, they are Christians and live with me. On another occasion, another group of moslem youths kidnapped me. They were taking me to Sokoto. On the way, scorpions emerged and started to sting them. They dropped me, begged me and even gave me money to take me back home. Yet on another occasion, they kidnapped me and wanted to inject me with poisonous material but they couldn’t find those materials and had to let me go.

The Bible says we must start from our Jerusalem. Moslems and Fulanis are my Jerusalem. Many of them live in ignorance, not having heard of Jesus till today. And if I am one of the fortunate ones that God brought out, I need to go out and say something to them. That is why I say I would fight the cause with my blood. I am not limiting myself to Nigeria; I intend to go to the Middle East, planting a church in Saudi Arabia where my children are. I tell God that my children in Saudi Arabia are Ambassadors of Christ and they must become Pastors in Saudi Arabia.

So, any time I hear a moslem is converted somewhere and is persecuted, I take them in. I have forty-nine under my roof right now. They call me “mama”. The oldest is eighty-nine years. She became a Christian and her children threw her from upstairs to die, but God preserved her. A Pastor found her and brought her to the centre. Some come with their ears cut off, others are stripped naked etc. I pray for people to join me in this crusade. Thank God. He is raising men among the coverts in the centre and in my family.

My immediate elder brother who is a soldier has become a Christian. My mother became a Christian since 2002. My elder brothers who wanted me dead or back to Islam are now Christians. One of them, a Senior Lecturer at the University of Maiduguri had to relocate to Imo State because of persecution.

I testify that Jesus is Lord. Some people came to attack us. The first time they came, they saw a pool of blood: the house became a pool of blood. The second time they came, the house became plain land. The third time, they saw ocean. The last time, the house became a pillar of fire. Sometime later, something happened that led to their arrest and the Commissioner of Police sent for me. On getting there, the police brought the criminals who said that I didn’t know them but they knew me. They were all Moslems, some of them from Republic of Niger. They then narrated how they had to attack me, but I was delivered by the Lord. That day, the Commissioner of Police lined up his men in the office and asked me to pray for them.

Instead of leaving me alone, my former husband began to persecute me. While leading some assassins to my place to kill me, the vehicle in which they were travelling was involved in an accident. He, alone died in the hospital after confessing that he wanted me dead for I was bringing shame to his name. It pains me because both of us were in the same room the day I heard the voice. After that I prevented him from destroying a copy of the Bible, something I used to enjoy doing. He knew how violent I was, destroying Christendom. He should have learnt a lesson from my conversion and repented. That is how many others die without repentance even though they are exposed to the gospel. The good Lord who is always my Shield and Protector will always save and hide me in His shadow. My life is in God’s hand.”

Binta Faruk Jalingo was a staff of the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) Yola. She runs Tabitha Evangelistic Ministry, a home for the persecuted (Converted Muslims) in Miango, Jos Plateau State, Nigeria.

‘I Am Now Born Again’ declares Snoop Dogg

Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus Jr., caused quiet a stir in Hollywood after declaring himself to be a born-again Christian. He recently just released his first gospel album “Bible of Love.”

The album features a wide range of other gospel artists, including Fred Hammond, The Clark Sisters, Pastor John P. Kee and Marvin Sapp.

He first dropped the news of a gospel album during an interview with Beats 1 Radio, where he said “I’m working on a gospel album. I need to do it now.”

He added: “It’s always been on my heart. I just never got around to it because I always be doing gangsta business and doing this and doing that. But I just feel like it’s been on my heart too long.”

Many have been incredibly critical of the religious switch and his decision to put out a gospel album. In 2009 he announced that he had joined the Nation of Islam, then in 2012 he became a Rastafarian. Now, he claims to be a born-again Christian.

However this isn’t the first time that Snoop has talked about Christianity. In 2016 he posted a video on his Instagram account that featured him singing along to the gospel song “I’d Rather Have Jesus.”

His fans were thrilled to see him profess his faith in God. “With the platform you have, imagine how many people you will reach with the gospel message of Salvation! Come on now! Give our heavenly Father glory through your rap skills Snoop!” a fan wrote.

Snoop Dogg responded to his critics and those who doubted his conversion at the 33rd Annual Stellar Awards held in Las Vegas. After he performed at the gospel music event, he said “The devil is a liar. I thought the church was supposed to welcome sinners.”

“If the church was full of saints it wouldn’t be right. So, if you find someone trying to find their way back home, the natural thing to do is to be warm welcoming, open your arms and say ‘Brother, we accept you for who you are and what you’re going through. Come as you are. We know you’ve been doing wrong and you want to get right and we want to help you get right.’”

“We’re not gonna’ throw stones on you when you’re trying to get right and walking back into the church house. That’s what’s running people out the church right now as we speak.”

“The only negativity I get is when a question is asked, But I have never been confronted with anybody in the gospel world,” the rapper says.

At the end of the interview Snoop adds, “What about you? Have you checked your status? Are you going to heaven? Why are you judging me? How much have you done for the Lord?”

When you take a deeper dive into the album, you can find an impressive amount of Christian theology in his lyrics that show is journey through the faith. From beginning to end the album is a beautiful testimony from Snoop encountering God’s love in his own life.

Relevant writer Mai Perkins took a deeper dive into his album and wrote: “He’s not selling prosperity Gospel. He’s not shaming people for where they’ve been, considering how far out there and out of control he’s been. (And he’s been OUT there!)…He’s simply sharing his relatable experiences as a tremendously flawed character who happens to deeply love God. At the same time, he’s providing an environment for others to feel comfortable enough to do the same.”

Religion has changed Snoop’s life completely, from his view on the gangster lifestyle to guns. Snoop even said that religion changed the way he thinks of women. Before, he would have no trouble disrespecting women in his songs.

“Because I was making music for me, speaking from my perspective,” he explained. “My music represented that, until I got to the point where I wanted to show love and appreciation for the woman.”

Snoop also made the song “No Guns Allowed” which features his daughter Cori B.

“We keep hearing about schools getting shot up, venues being shot up, public places being shot up, and we have to address that. Who better to do it than me because I come from the gangsta lifestyle, carrying a gun every day of the week lifestyle?” he said.

I used to answer hate with hate. Like if you hate me, I hate you more. But now I answer hate with love,” he said.

Courtesy: The Guardian.

Are you an Activity winner or a Soul Winner

Yes…. I finally got him to come to start reading devotionals…!!

Yes… Frederick now comes to my church on Sunday….!!

Can you believe it?
Amaka has decided to become a church worker!

After all my pain and efforts,
Gideon follows me to fellowship now…

Bro… Sister. Calm down and ask yourself….
Are you truly a soul winner as you call yourself.

Are your efforts truly advancing the Kingdom of GOD or publicizing your church.

Are you getting people focused on activities rather than cultivating a relationship?

Yes! They speak in tongues now, but they don’t understand the LOVE OF GOD!

Activities without understanding is Religion…

Ask yourself… What have you been doing all these while.

Getting Bringing people into the work force of the Kingdom or initiating people into the Life of GOD…

#i-am-a-soul-winner

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BREAKING NEWS Kaduna State Imam, Ibrahim Kazim Converts To Christian In Rome

A popular Kaduna state Imam, Ibrahim Kazim has reportedly converted to christian, during his visit to Vatican. Ibrahim Kazim revealed this yesterday on social media saying “I have found new life with God and his son Jesus”

Why Steven Hawkins wasn’t meant to die yet😥

How many of us have watched the ‘The theory of Everything’

Yes! It was the Great* Steven Hawkins who designed it…

Yes, He was a legend indeed…A Great British Scientis
He made great discoveries and carried out powerful researches all over the world, even significant information about ‘Black Holes*

Now HE’S dead…at the age of 76

An impactful life indeed….

But may I tell you something.

He died an Atheist*

As great as he may have been, a beggar in this world who was of no use to this world but died IN CHRIST will enjoy eternity with JESUS…

No matter how insightful and intelligent you may ever be…

You would be the most miserable man of you die without knowing CHRIST…

No one will force you to drop sinful habits.
No one will monitor your prayer life.
No one will monitor the things you view on YouTube…

But there are two people waiting for you at the doorstep of Eternity…

The devil and JESUS….

Whoever you live for Now, determines who you will spend your Eternity with….

#relevance
#eternity
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When Dependency Means Everything

The ability to cherish the presence of GOD more than anything in life is the shield against any disappointment in life.

Exodus 33:15 And he said unto him, If thy presence go not with me, carry us not up hence.

Many believers today have not seen the reason why they are useless without the HOLY SPIRIT.
Why? They’ve not cared to walk in the supernatural.

The only reason why you would think you can live a day without communicating with your Father, is because you’ve not understood the life-source of your secret place..

Moses, couldn’t dare lead the Children of Israel till HE was sure the Presence of GOD was going to accompany them àll.

Without me ye can do nothing- John 15:5

It didn’t say you can do ‘much’ but ‘Nothing’…

Why?
No branch bears fruits of itself except it’s connected to the Vine.

The problem is that most times, we think we are bearing Fruits but it was mere leaves we were bearing all the while…

Ask for GRACE to Be glued to the Presence of GOD such that you wouldn’t think of making a step without a confirmation of HIS Presence.

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A Love Letter to My Dear HOLY SPIRIT

My LOVE….My KING The one who took me by the hand and winked. The one who restored my smiles and gave me peace. I love you from the depth of my heart till my last. The store house of my breath The well that caters for my thirst You’ve raised me above my cares How can I neglect you…My Dear. Kiss me with the kisses of your lips Fondle me with romance under your wings Let my life express your intimacy Let your TRUTH frame my reality You made darkness a fiction in my life You drew me so close, sickness missed my path The only thing I regret was the years I left you neglected My LOVE… My Prince.. My HEART craves for your GAIN I thought I knew you, till I found you I thought I heard you, till I saw you I thought I loved you, till I knew you You are more than a NAME… You are my SAVING GRACE

Your Validity as a Christian.

Some people just don’t seem to understand the fact that….
Once you call yourself a Christian, you are accepting the fact and responsibility of soul winning.

It was never given as an option to those who have been saved by HIS GRACE…
It is an express COMMAND by HIM who brought us out of the Kingdom of Darkness into HIS perfect Light

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

But if you don’t have appetite for reaching out to lost souls…

Do you think you are of benefit to the Kingdom of GOD…

What do you think makes heaven rejoice like never before….
Luke 15:10 Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

Matthew 9:13 But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance

Dear Beloved,
The Truth is that….
If you ain’t a soul winner, you can’t call yourself an ambassador of the Kingdom of GOD…
You can’t even say you are advancing the kingdom of GOD…

If we truly love GOD, we would care for lost souls more than we would care for money…

Do you Love GOD?

When last did you preach the gospel of salvation to anyone?

When last did you win a lost soul?

BE AN AMBASSADOR!!!

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HE will always be with you

Psalms 23:4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.

The revelation of these Mystery would shut up the access that fear has in your life….

When you understand the fact that..
HE will always be with you NO MATTER WHAT!!

come to think of it….

How would the devil get you, when you always depend on HIM.. HE can’t!
But, the moment you begin to lose hope in JESUS, you begin to think HE’S left you…

That’s when you’re indirectly calling unto the devil for help. The devil won’t disappoint such a call, he’s been prowling around for ages for that call…

Don’t leave the SHADE OF THE MOST HIGH for any reason this 2018….

HE will always be with you.

1 Peter 5:7- Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Nigerian Man is begging Fulani Militants to come back and kill Christians

A Nigerian man, Auwal Usman Sharau has sparked outrage online after he made a comment about the killings of Bachamas by Fulanis in Adamawa state.

According to Auwal Usman Sharau, he wished the Fulanis would burn and kill all Bachamas residents.

He stated:

I was disappointed with the Fulani, they only attacked eight villages, i didn’t see any bachamas corpse, i hope they are going to attack again, and the corpse is only in hundreds, i want to see thousands of bachamas dead bodies, i pray fulani would attack before xmas, kill them and burn their houses.

Do you know that?

A time is coming when Christians who have to exhibit the power of their Father.

It’s high time we stopped neglecting the commandment that has been given to every soul who believes Christ died on the cross.

The commandment to preach the gospel.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. 16:16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
16:17 And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
16:18 They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

So, if you’re a believer, and you don’t care about the lost souls.

You’re unconsciously breeding souls that will try to take your life.

Why not serve and live for GOD.

It pays…

Protection is not in walls or guns.
It’s in JESUS, our Eternal Rock of Salvation…

If you don’t know, him decide to know him today….

He alone will guard your Eternity…

And Christians! Let us make it a responsibility to pray for ourselves, don’t ever think you’re excepted from Persecution. Even JESUS wasn’t.